FIBA Asia Cup 2022: Jordan is Raring with a Balanced Squad

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Jordan is one of the finest teams in the FIBA Asia Cup. Although they haven’t won the title yet, their previous outings in the championships show how promising they are. The Falcons are in good touch with brute motives to rattle each team in the competition. They are damn ready to flare up in Jakarta from July 12-24.

World Standing

According to the latest world ranking presented by Nike, Jordan ranked 39. They have been performing consistently in recent years. However, their raking moved two down since the qualifiers for FIBA Asia Cup. Meanwhile, in the Asian ranking, despite Japan surpassing Jordan, they still managed to be in the top ten teams, sitting at eight.

Debut in Asia Cup

Jordan played their maiden edition back in 1983 in Hong Kong. Although they exited in the preliminary round, losing to Japan, they made a promising start to their journey with Asia Cup. Since then, they have been doing quite well in each edition.

Total Appearance in Asia Cup

Including the upcoming edition, it will be Jordan’s 16th appearance in the championship. Since their debut, the Falcons have played in all editions except 1989, 1999, and 2001 events.

Previous Appearance

The previous edition of the Asia Cup in 2017 didn’t go well for Jordan. They thrashed Iraq in the playoffs but lost to the Tall Blacks in the quarter-finals by 18 points. Thereafter, they played against the Philippines but lost the game by five points, settling for eight-position in the final standings.

Best Final Standing

In 2011 Jordan made their first appearance in the finals. They played against China in Wuhan, but unfortunately, they lost by one point, finishing second in the final standings. The year when Jordan made their dream run, finishing fourth in the preliminary round, they dismantled Iran in the quarter-finals and the Philippines in the semi-finals.

Legendary Players

Sam Daghlas made his debut in FIBA Asia Cup in 2005 and played five editions for Jordan. He represented Jordan in 40 games with an average of 10.5 points per game. Under his captaincy, Jordan made four straight appearances in the quarter-finals. Once, they finished third in the final standings and played the 2011 finals against China. After his retirement, he coached Jordan in the edition of the Asia Cup.

Zaid Abbas also made his Asia Cup debut in 2005 and combined with Daghlas they were lethal on the court. He also played five seasons, representing Jordan in 40games with an average of 10.5 points per game. Daghlas was a tactical point guard, but Abbas is an athletic forward. Good news for his fans, as he got witnessed playing in the second window of the World Cup Qualifiers. That means he is available for the upcoming Asia Cup.

Road to Asia Cup 2022

Jordan came out lethal in the qualifiers. Although they seemed to struggle against Kazakhstan in Astana, they enjoyed the proverbial cake in all their five encounters. They have a very jelled team, who can give a tough time to the top-ranked teams in the championships.

Current Form

The way Jordan played in the recent second window of World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers was incredibly well. They looked at the top of their game with Freddy Ibrahim, Dar Tucker, Amin Abu Hawwas, Zaid Abbas, and Ahmad Al Dwairi in the pool. Recently, they played against Lebanon with this lineup, thwarting them by 11 points. With this lineup on board, Jordan’s hopes of playing the final seem realistic.


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